The 9 Best Dog Poop Bag Holders Australia: Tested & Reviewed 2023
Cleaning up after your furry best friend is not the most alluring aspect of having a dog. But why make it even more annoying by spending 5 minutes trying to find a poop bag roll inside your backpack?
A dog poop bag holder isn’t an absolute necessity but can surely make your life a lot easier. Choosing a proper model, on the other hand, is not so simple. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
To discover the best dog poop bag holders, we joined forces with veterinarians, canine behaviourists and dog parents to form our own team of independent experts. We then researched the most popular dog poop bag holders, with the co-operation of our beloved pooches. After several weeks, we were finally able to agree on the contents of this review.
In this article, we’ll discuss what to look for in a bag dispenser, as well as what are some of the best models on the market. Let’s jump straight in!
Quick Picks - The Top 3
Our Number 1 Pick -
ZippyPaws Dog Poop Bag Holder
- Five colour options
- Easy to clean
- Slim profile
- Can hold personal items
Runner Up -
Snooza Doo Doo Bag Dispenser
- Made of reused fabric
- Rugged and durable
- Features Velcro tapes and a clip
- Half of the profit goes to animal charities
Third Choice -
Paw Lifestyles Dog Treat Training Pouch and Poop Bag Dispenser
- Can be worn around the belt or over the shoulder
- Plenty of storage options
- Holds both personal and pet items
- Rubber opening for poop bags
Australia's Best Dog Waste Bags Reviewed
Ready for the fun part? Here are the best (and cutest) poop bag dispensers we have found in Australia. Each choice on our list was hand-tested by members of our team of independent experts (and, in a sense, by our canine companions!) These waste baggies stood up to the test and made poo disposable less of an unpleasant chore.
What sets this product apart from the rest?
This poop bag holder by ZippyPaws deserves the first spot in our review because of its simple yet highly-functional design. It’s a zip bag that can be attached to a leash, thanks to two hook-and-loop strips on its back.
The poop bag holder is made of nylon and comes in five colours. From pink to black, you can find the one that matches the colour of your leash the best. I really appreciated how the material is sturdy enough to take quite some beating. And if it got dirty and muddy, I was able to just throw it in the washing machine and hang dry. It came out as new.
The ZippyPaws Dog Poop Bag Holder being tested by our independent expert team.
This bag holder has a slim profile and is extremely light, so it won’t feel heavy on the leash. But even though it’s small, there’s enough room to put your key or cash in it as well, similar to our number three choice below. It closes up with a zipper, so you don’t have to worry about things accidentally falling out.
The bag is dispensed through a straight-line opening on one side. While our panel of independent experts thought a rubber slot would help you detach the bag more easily, this type of opening works isn’t too bad.
There are many reasons why this poop bag dispenser by Snooza is so high on this list. It’s simple but high-quality and rather affordable, so it’s a great product suitable for every dog owner.
This poop bag dispenser is made of polyester and nylon fabric off-cuts of the brand’s range of beds. The colour can vary from black to grey, depending on the piece of fabric used. But even though it’s made with reused fabrics, this is a high-quality and durable product. The dispenser wraps around the leash and can be double secured in place with a sturdy clip, similar to our number one choice. Or, you can attach the clip to your belt or bag instead.
The Snooza Doo Doo Bag Dispenser being tested by our independent expert team.
I really love how this brand cares for the Earth by donating as much as 50% of the profit to animal charities that work with emotional support cats and dogs. What’s more, the product comes with one roll of biodegradable and compostable waste bags. Everyone on our team of independent experts appreciated how this means that we could use the dispenser straight from the packaging.
Surely every dog parent can agree that poop bags aren’t the only necessity for a walk in the park. What about treats or toys? Plus, you’ll need something for your personal things, such as keys or phone. Why not carry all of that in a nice all-in-one pouch like this one by Paw Lifestyles?
This pouch is made of lightweight, weatherproof nylon. It’s sturdy and will keep your stuff dry even when it’s raining cats and dogs, similar to our number seven choice below. And because it's grey, dirt and stains are hardly visible. Once you get home, you can wash it with a wet cloth or soap.
The Paw Lifestyles Dog Treat Training Pouch and Poop Bag Dispenser being tested by our independent expert team.
This training pouch is so convenient for dog training as it coud hold everything I needed. Its design is versatile, so I could attach it to my belt with a clip or wear it on my shoulder with a strap.
The main compartment is large, setting it apart from one number one pick, but it features drawstrings on both sides for secured closure. There are also two zippered and one mesh pocket for smaller things. As for the poop bag holder, it features a rubber opening for easier bag separation.
First and foremost, a good poop bag dispenser needs to get the job done. While this model by Pogi’s doesn’t have tons of bells and whistles, it serves its purpose, and everyone on our team of independent experts agreed that it does that pretty well.
The poop bag dispenser features a blue metal carabiner clip so that you can securely attach it to a leash. The carabiner is great because you can use it on both standard and retractable leashes. Alternatively, you can attach it to your belt or bag.
The Pogi's Poop Bag Dispenser being tested by our independent expert team.
The easy-access slot allowed me to pull out one poop bag at a time. Once I ran out, I unscrewed the cap and replaced the bag roll. This bag dispenser is large enough to store poop bags of all sizes.
This poop bag holder comes with one roll of 15 bags. They’re thick, leakproof and extra-large, so they’re suitable for even the largest dog’s “business.” The bags are also powder-scented, which is great because you can forget about the content of the bag.
Who said that a dog poop bag dispenser can’t make a fashion statement? Look at this beautiful model by Hipet as an example. It will surely make every passenger look at it twice.
This bag dispenser is made of luminous polyurethane leather. In daylight, the material appears to be dark, with a reflection in purple and golden hues. But once the light hits directly at it, it will appear very bright with strikes of sky blue.
The Hipet Reflective Dog Poop Bag Dispenser for Leash being tested by our independent expert team.
There are two ways you can attach this bag dispenser to a leash. On the side, it features a small 360-rotating golden hook. At the bottom, the bag also has two Velcro straps that allow you to attach it to a retractable leash, or even your belt. Rest assured it won’t hang or bounce like wild when you’re walking.
Similar to our first and third choices, this poop bag dispenser has enough room to store important things like a key or a credit card. It can also hold two regular-sized poop bag rolls. This model comes with three rolls already included, which means you’re set for a few weeks.
If you’re using environmentally-friendly poop bags, it would be a shame not to pair them with another eco product, like this bag dispenser by Earth Rated that’s made of #5 recycled plastic. That’s the same sturdy material used for bottle caps and some kitchenware.
No matter what kind of leash you have, this poop bag dispenser can easily be attached, thanks to its adjustable strap. To prevent it from hanging and dangling around, I simply secured it tightly. One feature our panel of experts especially liked is the hook for used bags. In case your dog poops far away from the closest bin, just attach the bag and go hands-free until you can dispose of it.
The Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags Dispenser being tested by our independent expert team.
The dispenser has a screw mechanism in the middle that keeps it closed until you need to change the roll. It’s big enough to hold normal-sized 15-bag rolls, like our third choice by Pogi's. A single roll of lavender-scented bags comes included in the package, so you don’t have to hit the store as soon as your dispenser is delivered to your doors.
Training young pups is no easy task. When spending time outdoors, you also need to pack treats, toys, a clicker and, of course, poop bags. This training pouch by Pet N Pet has room for all of that.
The pouch is made with lightweight and durable nylon, like our number three pick, so it's built to endure a bit of wear and tear.
Starting with the built-in poop bag dispenser, the pouch features a rubber band opening on the right side, so that it’s close to hand when needed. You also get three bag rolls in the purchase, so you’re set for some time.
The PET N PET Dog Treat Training Pouch with Built-in Poop Bag Dispenser being tested by our independent expert team.
The main compartment features a drawstring closure to keep the content securely closed at all times. You can run and play with your pooch without worrying something may fall out. The pouch also features zippered pockets for your essentials like keys or a phone.
I loved how there are three ways I could wear this pouch: as a waistband, over the shoulder or attached to your belt. You get two adjustable belts and two carabiners, so choose whichever option is the most comfortable for you.
If you prefer a minimalistic design, then a blingy poop bag dispenser like our number five choice by Hipet surely isn’t your thing. In that case, this Doobag model by EzyDog is probably more up your alley.
This dog bag dispenser is slim and can be discreetly attached to any leash with two Velcro straps located at the back. It also has a metal carabiner that can be used to attach your keys or whatever else you want close at hand. The dispenser also has extra pockets where you can store your phone or documents.
The EzyDog Doobag being tested by our independent expert team.
The Doobag is made from rugged 600 Denier nylon, the same material that’s used for backpacks. Everyone on our team of experts appreciated that it's weatherproofed and durable, so you can expect it to last you a very long time.
This poop bag dispenser has an elasticated opening that allows you to take one pick-up bag at a time. It’s wide enough to hold even large-sized rolls. In fact, there’s room for extra bags, so there’s no chance you can ever run out of them again.
The odd shape of retractable leashes makes it hard to attach poop bag dispensers to them. But that’s not the problem with this What The Poo dispenser by Fuzzyard. The two Velcro loops at the back allow you to attach it firmly to any kind of leash.
This poop bag dispenser has a simple yet eye-catching patterned design. It features funny sayings like “Oh pooey” and “stinky puppy” that will get everyone giggling. It’s light in colour, but don’t worry if it gets dirty. I was able to wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle to make it clean in no time.
The Fuzzyard What the Poo Bag Dispenser being tested by our independent expert team.
The main compartment opens with a zipper and can fit two regular-sized bag rolls, as well as your keys or bubblegums, for instance. The product also comes with two bag rolls of the brand’s biodegradable unscented bags. If you prefer a scented bio bag, then consider our number four and number six choices above. Given the fact this set sells at an affordable price, it’s quite a steal.
The Problems With Doggy Doo
You might think that, just because your canine companion did the job in such a spot that no person can step on it, you don’t have to pick it up. You’re wrong, for many reasons.
Doesn’t Breakdown Easily
Depending on the environmental factors, as well as the dog’s diet, dog poop can take up to a year to fully decompose. Now, there are about 5.1 million dogs in Australia. Turn that into numbers, and the weight of monthly poo is 1,734 tonnes, which is roughly the same as Sydney Harbour Bridge .
Related: Can You Compost Dog Poo?
Related: Dog Poo Compost Systems Australia.
Did you know that a single gram of dog poop can contain up to 23 million faecal bacteria ? These pathogens can stay in the soil for many years to come, and even end up in water bodies. Although usually safe for dogs, these pathogens can be harmful to both flora and fauna.
“Sometimes our pets can be carrying these diseases — like Salmonella — without actually becoming ill themselves, so it’s important to treat every one of your dog’s bowel movements as carefully as possible.” - Dr Oscar Chavez, DVM, PetMD 
High Nitrogen And Phosphorus Content
These two minerals are highly acidic and can burn down the ground they’re on. Eventually, it will kill the grass it’s located on unless the poop is removed.
Related: Why Does Your Dog Eat Their Poop?
What I Look For In A Dog Poo Bag
While picking up a dog poo dispenser might seem like the simplest task ever, there are a few features that you need to be wary about before making a choice. Here is what our team of independent experts suggest you consider:
Let’s be real. Who wants to carry around a bulky poop bag holder that sways and brushes against your legs as you walk? Or if you don’t like it hanging, it should be small enough to fit inside your pocket. Or, your pooch can wear it attached to the harness or dog pack.
Poop bags come in different sizes, so you should make sure the model you choose can hold the bags that are big enough for your pooch’s “business.”
Related: The Best Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags.
Finally, if you hate carrying a bag every time you take your canine companion out, you might want a poop bag holder to be slightly bigger to store your keys or documents inside. Alternatively, if you prefer reusing grocery bags instead of the ones designed for dog poop , you should make sure the model can contain at least a few of them inside.
Doggy bag dispensers come in all kinds of materials, from plastic to textile. Plastic dispensers are weatherproof, sturdy and usually more affordable. Those made of threaded materials, on the other hand, are great for storing additional necessities inside. Additionally, you can opt for a model made of recycled or reused material, which can be either plastic or textile.
A doggy bag holder is usually attached to a leash with either a clip or straps. If you own a retractable leash, you might only be able to use a strapped model. But in most cases, the choice comes down to personal preference.
Ease Of Refill
No pooch wants to stand still for five minutes while the owner finally successfully refills the poop bag dispenser. That is supposed to be a simple action, but some models unintentionally make it a nightmare. Usually, bag holders can be either unzipped or unscrewed for a refill.
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My Final Verdict
A good poop bag dispenser needs to be compact and simple to use. According to every member of our team of independent experts, the model by ZippyPaws is all that and more. It’s durable, affordable and can also be used for storing small essentials.
If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly option, the model by Snooza is made of reused fabric, and it’s also affordable and sturdy.
Not only is picking up your pooch’s waste the right thing to do, it’s also a punishable offence in Australia if you don’t. You can get fined $200 just for walking the dog around without a bag close at hand.
Leaving a biodegradable bag with dog poop on the ground won’t have a positive environmental impact, simply because it won’t degrade any faster than regular plastic. What’s more, the bag will release methane gas into the atmosphere during that very long decomposing period.
Yes, if you have a backyard, you can make your compost bin easily. Just add poop to grass clippings, plants or other organic waste that will work as a source of food for the microbes.
- Parletta, Natalie. April 10, 2021. “Australian dogs poo the weight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge each month. Where should it go?” The Guardian. Retrieved February 21, 2023. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/apr/11/australian-dogs-poo-the-weight-of-the-sydney-harbour-bridge-each-month-where-should-it-go
- December 14, 2021. “The Scoop on Poop” Friends Of The Blue Hills. Retrieved February 21, 2023. https://friendsofthebluehills.org/dog-poop-environmental-impact/
- PetMD Editorial. October 11, 2016. “How to Clean Up Dog Poop” PetMD. Retrieved February 21, 2023. https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/how-clean-dog-poop
- Bratskeir, Kate. February 16, 2019. “Why Do We Still Pick Up Dog Poop With Plastic Bags?” Huffpost. Retrieved February 21, 2023. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dog-poop-bags-zero-waste-compostable_n_5c6759d4e4b05c889d1f6675